Key Takeaways from the New Medicaid Demonstration Policy

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<p>The Trump administration is encouraging state Medicaid agencies to pursue demonstration projects that will reduce enrollment — not just among Americans covered through the Affordable Care Act’s expansion but also among traditional beneficiaries, including those with very low income, pregnant women, and people with disabilities.</p><p>In a post on <em>To the Point</em>, George Washington University’s Sara Rosenbaum explains that the new Section 1115 demonstrations “would undermine Medicaid’s most basic legislative purpose — to help the poor secure medical care.” Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has called for allowing states to add work requirements to Medicaid, even though most beneficiaries already work or are unable to work. Verma has also said that states should be able to prevent people from enrolling retroactively — for example, after an accident — and to increase cost-sharing.  </p> Read the post